There's definitely something in the water, as they say, that makes Long Island bagels taste so good and consequently, feeds Long Islanders' obsession with them.
But on Wednesday, I set out to find the "holey" grail of boiled and baked dough — the best bagel on Long Island. My journey took me over 150 miles — from East Hampton to Long Beach to Franklin Square — as I stopped at 16 bagel shops along the South Shore.
I endured rain, snow and some queasiness from the countless calories I consumed in my pursuit. I tasted plain, everything and French toast bagels — and everything in between — and flavored cream cheeses that seemed like something out of a really good dream. (I'm looking at you, Nutella, and bacon scallion.)
I set out to find the perfect bagel, but instead learned more than I could have ever imagined. And to spare you the bellyaches and gas money, I'm passing those lessons on. Click on the link above.